March 2017 Newsletter

The Joint 13th CSI/IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis (ISMA13) Conference

Mumbai March 6, 2017

John Ogilvie, ISBSG CEO, presented at the conference on “Using functional sizing to improve business success” and conducted a workshop on “Effective Applications Development Benchmarking”.

Using IFPUG Functional Sizing and Historical Data to Improve Business Success

The presentation demonstrates the business value of sizing using IFPUG Function Points using 3 examples

  • “Reality Check” of Project Estimates
  • Assessing Organizational Competitiveness
  • Supplier Assessment in the Request for Fixed Price Proposal process

Click here to view the presentation

Applications Development Benchmarking

Benchmarking the Applications Development, Maintenance and Support (AD/M)  Environment can potentially provide significant insights into the performance of  IT processes and identify how and where they can be most effectively improved.  However, many organisations initiate a Benchmarking Activity, without first fully determining the objective of the benchmark, the benefits they hope to achieve, or establishing the criteria by which projects and applications will be selected and compared.

This Workshop explores the reasons why organisations choose to benchmark.  It identifies the potential benefits of benchmarking, and highlights the pitfalls of failing to appropriately plan the benchmarking activity or introduce rigor into the benchmarking process to ensure its success.

Click here to view the workshop materials.

ISBSG and China SPI start a data collection and analysis partnership

ISBSG and China SPI intend to support each other in data collection and analysis. China SPI is now the official data and analysis partner of ISBSG in the greater China.

Both parties will support each other in data collection initiatives, data analysis and the publishing of new analysis reports. China SPI will also translate the current special analysis reports of ISBSG into the Chinese language.

ISBSG is confident that this partnership will result in a significant increase in available data in the existing repositories and in special analysis reports.

ISBSG starts collecting data with online questionnaires

ISBSG is facilitating its collection of data. This is assist people who want to submit data, but don’t wish to go through the lengthy data collection questionnaires on paper. Short versions of the questionnaires are now available online! If you have some project data, please submit and get a free benchmark report in return!

Review the New Developments or Enhancements survey.

Review the Maintenance & Support survey.

Data can also be submitted in tool formats, such as QSM SLIM datamanager, SEER_SEM database and even plain Excel files.

Check for more ways to submit project data, for instance for bulk submissions.

New repositories?!?!

ISBSG is currently investigating the creation of additional data collection questionnaires and repositories to better service the needs of the industry. We are planning to start a ‘technical metrics’ repository, where technical metrics of source code, measured with tools like Sonarqube, CAST, SIG, Omnext and others are stored in a standardized way, together with the main application characteristics. This will enable people to benchmark the results of software source code quality measurement against the industry.

If you have a good idea for other new repositories, please let us know through

Software project cost and hourly rates

Project costs can be analyzed from two perspectives: cost per function point, and cost per hour. This report analyzes the projects in the ISBSG Development and Enhancement Repository (March 2016 Release) that provide cost data, from both of those perspectives. For this report, we have focused on 732 projects in the Repository, for which the size, effort and cost data are comparable and reliable. Purchase the Software Project Costs and Hourly Rates report now.

China SPI hosts the 2017 IT Confidence Conference and ISBSG workshop

The 2017 IT Confidence and ISBSG workshop will be hosted by Gold partner China Software Process Improvement (China SPI) in September in Beijing. ISBSG is looking forward to return to China 9 years after the successful event in Nanjing (2008). The Call for Presentations and the IT Confidence 2017 website with all information regarding the event will be published soon.

Cosmic Joins ISBSG as a Bronze Partner

We are pleased to announce that the COSMIC organization joined the ISBSG as a Bronze Partner.

COSMIC is the organization that created and maintains the COSMIC functional size measurement method.  COSMIC is one of the six functional size measurement methods that comply to the ISO/IEC 14143 standard for functional size measurement.

Currently the ISBSG ‘Developments & Enhancements’ repository contains about 500 projects measured in the COSMIC method and we are confident that the partnership will result in a significant increase of this number.

ISBSG offers an online questionnaire for COSMIC project submissions

For more information about the COSMIC organization and the method, please visit the COSMIC website.

New Special Analysis Report: The impact of software size on productivity

In 2013, ISBSG, Capers Jones and Reifer Consultants analyzed the impact of software size on the productivity of a project. This revealed the factors that can provide economy of scale. Now ISBSG has published a follow-up report that analyzes the impact of software size on productivity based on 1139 competed projects. It turns out that there is a clear statistical correlation between project size and productivity.  This is is extremely helpful for project, release and (sets of) sprints estimation or benchmarking.

This analysis report can now be purchased against a discounted price of only 29 AUD.
To purchase the report click here